Sean Hannity, Bill O’Reilly, Andrea Tantaros, and other Fox News personalities all get torched in a 10-minute riff by the Daily Show’s Jon Stewart on race in America. The host starts by noting how O’Reilly was “furious” over the media reaction to the Aug. 9 police shooting of unarmed 18-year-old Michael Brown Jr. — though perhaps not too “furious” over the shooting itself.
As with the Trayvon Martin case, Fox News (and Fox Business) wondered why the media wasn’t obsessing more over black-on-black crime in other places, like Chicago. “Yes!” riffed Stewart. “Why all the interest in holding police officers to a higher standard than gangs? They both flash colors and, yes, one of them has been sworn to protect and defend, but still.”
Toward the end of his diatribe, the host played clips of Fox News voices expressing scorn for the way that Ferguson has been cast as a racial issue. At this point, Stewart dispensed with the jokes and sermonized on race in America, through the use of an insiderish “Daily Show” anecdote. In liberal New York City, Stewart noted, the program recently sent a crew to a building to interview someone. A white producer came dressed in “homeless elf attire” and stubble; the correspondent, a man of color, was dressed “resplendently in a tailored suit.” “Who do you think was stopped? Let me give you a hint — the black guy,” said Stewart.
“That happens all the time, all of it. Race is there and it is a constant. You’re tired of hearing about it. Imagine how f—ing exhausting it is living it.”